Children should begin taking responsibility and doing chores from a young age.  There are plenty of chores that even your preschooler can do.  Chores help children feel like part of the family.  It also brings the family together.  It teaches them to be helpful and kind.  They also will appreciate little things that are done for them.  The children will also have a feeling of pride when they are able to do something on their own.  Always remember to tell the children you appreciate them helping and what a great job they are doing.  This will help build their self-esteem and self-confidence.




Preschool Age

  • Pick out clothes (even if they don’t match)
  • Put away any toys he or she was playing with
  • Throw away garbage
  • Put dirty clothes in a hamper
  • Set the table



Elementary School Age

  • Do homework
  • Make the bed
  • Clear the table
  • Feed a pet
  • Take a shower or bath
  • Put away clean, folded laundry
  • Pour cereal for breakfast
  • Dust
  • Water plants


Middle School Age

  • Wash dishes
  • Rack leaves
  • Shovel snow
  • Make a simple basic dinner
  • Do laundry
  • Clean the house
  • Walk the dog
  • Vacuum
  • Clean
  • Bring in the mail


High School Age

  • Cook dinner
  • Take care of younger siblings
  • Take care of a pet
  • Have a part time job
  • Shop for groceries with a list
  • Iron clothes
  • Mop the floors
  • Mow lawn

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